India, April 23 -- The United States is committed to inoculating Americans "first and foremost", the Biden administration has said defending restrictions on the export of raw materials for Covid-19 vaccines that could potentially slow down production of vaccines in India at a time when it is witnessing a deadly second wave.

India has taken up the issue with the US at a high level and discussions are ongoing. India's external affairs Minister S Jaishankar has spoken with his US counterpart Antony Blinken, foreign secretary Harsh Shringla has discussed it with deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman and ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu has raised it with the White House.

Americans have promised to "give the matter due consideration" and w...